'The Walking Dead' just teased talking zombies on the show — here's what's really going on

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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for the final three episodes of AMC’s „The Walking Dead.“

Andrew Lincoln’s open-ended exit was the main focus of Sunday’s „The Walking Dead,“ but a preview for the rest of the season has fans chattering over the show’s next big threat.

This is your last chance to head back before spoilers. 

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A small scene in the teaser showed a giant group of zombies passing by Rosita and Eugene as they hid nearby. As the stampede crawls on, the two hear the undead clearly say, „Where are they?“

The scene was also teased during the first season nine trailer, but it was very tough to make out the language. I’ve seen the moment a few times now, and it looks like AMC has dialed up the volume so you can make out that the undead are speaking much more clearly. 

When fans heard the line last night on TV, many were immediately stunned.





Others were a little confused and thought the show was jumping the shark.




Are the undead talking now?

Nope. That’s not it. 

Then what’s going on?

Those who have read Robert Kirkman’s comic series know this is the introduction of the next big villains, The Whisperers.

They’re a group of survivors who travel among large groups of the undead. They wear the skin of walkers to blend into giant hordes and use them for safety. They were introduced in issue No. 130 of the comic series in 2014.

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Their introduction came as a complete surprise because a character thinks he hears the zombies talking, only for it later to be revealed to be a living person in a zombie skin. They’re led by characters who refer to themselves as Alpha and Beta. The group shows what happens when you don’t try to rebuild civilization and instead devolve into your natural animal instincts.

Read more: 8 questions we need answered after Andrew Lincoln’s final episode of „The Walking Dead“

During 2018’s San Diego Comic-Con panel in July, Robert Kirkman confirmed Samantha Morton will play the group’s leader, Alpha. „Sons of Anarchy“ actor, Ryan Hurst, will play the group’s second-in-command, Beta.


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With Rick gone, „The Walking Dead“ won’t waste much time until we see the Whisperers on screen. Expect to see them lurking around on the final three episodes of the half season. 

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